Roger Federer is not keen on playing tennis without any fans in attendance and the Swiss hopes that the ATP will wait out the Coronavirus long enough to avoid such a situation.
“In my view, I can’t see an empty stadium,” Federer said while participating in Gustavo Kuerten’s charity “Winning Together.” “I can not. I hope that doesn’t happen. Even if most of the time we are training there is no one, everything is quiet, in silence.”
Federer says that while playing without spectators is possible, be believes it would be better to start when it is safe for at least some fans to attend tennis events.
“For us, of course, it is possible to play without any fans,” he said. “But on the other hand, I really hope that the circuit can return as it normally is. May we wait for the appropriate time to return to normal mode again. At least a third of the stadium or half full. But for me, completely empty when playing in big tournaments is very difficult.”
In the meantime, the Swiss is enjoying family time, relaxing, and not working too much on his tennis, or even missing it.
“I’m not training at the moment because I don’t see a reason for that to be honest,” he said. “I am happy with my body now and I still believe that the lap of the circuit is a long way off. And I think it’s important for my head at this point to enjoy this break after playing so much tennis. I don’t miss it so much. I will feel it eventually when I am close to returning and have a goal to train for. I’m going to be super motivated.”